Tuesday, March 23, 2010
For some, a solid weekend will mean a class title, while the rest hope to pick up a win or podium finish. Athletes of all ages and ability levels will squeeze the throttle one last time, as Rock Maple Racing (RMR) puts a wrap on the 2009-10 season March 27-28 at the beautiful Peek‘n Peak Resort & Spa in Findley Lake, New York.
Spectator gates will open at 8 a.m., with racing getting under way promptly at 9 a.m. Admission is $12 per day for adults. Children age 10 and under will be admitted free with a paying adult. Pit passes valid through the entire weekend are available for an extra $10.
Along with the exciting competition from Pro and Semi-Pro riders, fans at Peek ’N Peak will also enjoy plenty of great racing from RMR’s Sport, Women and Junior divisions. Children ages 6 to10 will also race their 120cc sleds on a smaller track, making for a fun-filled weekend of family entertainment.
Last year at Peek‘n Peak, Lucas Brunelle swept the Pro finals. The Quebec-based rider had been racing in Semi-Pro all season on Rock Maple’s Central circuit, but bumped up a division for what was actually the West series points finale for 2008-09.
Warren Achman prevailed in a hotly-contested Pro Vet final, holding off Joe Sickler and Clyde Peek for the win. Michelle Lemieux continued her impressive season with another win in the Pro Women final. Lemieux, of Cabot, VT, out-gunned Amanda Kirchmeyer and Janell Smith for top honors. Conveniently located just a short drive from several major interstate highways, the Peek’n Peak Resort & Spa is home to winter’s perfect playground. This multi-generational gathering place is ideal for families and groups looking to enjoy the snow on and off the slopes.
Along with a host of restaurants, a ski school, indoor pool and playground, the mountain offers 27 perfectly-groomed trails serviced by eight lifts. Peek’n Peak also features miles of cross-country terrain for skiing and snowshoeing. To learn more, visit them online at www.pknpk.com.
Monday, March 8, 2010
Boron (D&Z Racing/Ski-doo) brought his winning reputation to northern Vermont last weekend, sweeping the Pro finals as Rock Maple Racing (RMR) completed Round 8 on the 2009-10 schedule Sunday afternoon at the Orleans County Fairgrounds.
The nine-time champion (Pro and Semi-Pro classes) from Leverett, Massachusetts, got things revved up in Saturday’s Pro Stock final. New York native Jason Rudd grabbed the holeshot and led the first two laps. Boron found a better line through the rhythm section and sailed on by, then pulled steadily away to the checkered.
In Sunday’s Pro Open final, Boron launched off the line like a rocket and led every lap. Former RMR standout Adam Sedlmeier, now riding a Polaris for Team Southside, acted like he’s never missed a race and came home second, while Rudd capped a solid weekend in third. Yes, it was a throwback to the good old days with these well-known riders on top.
Action in the Pro Vet class brought back some memories, as well. Former RMR rider Todd Smith made a triumphant return to racing in Barton. Smith, of Derry, N.H., checked out on Joe Lemieux to claim Sunday’s final, while Maine veteran Jason Soucy filled out the podium. Steffanie Lemieux closed in on another title in Pro Women, as she held off weekly rivals Paige Calderwood and KC Anderson for top honors.
Flach had the race of his season in Sunday’s Semi-Pro Stock final. The number one qualifier slotted into second behind Ash Woskob, quickly moved into the lead and stayed there until a late-race bobble cost him the win. Woskob notched his first career RMR victory, while Todd and Lemieux claimed second and third respectively.
Chris Coleman is another one of those rising stars beginning to turn heads in the Sport division. The talented racer from Albany, NY, won Sunday’s Super Stock final ahead of some pretty stiff competition.
In Junior division action over the weekend, usual suspects Montana Jess and Ed Bandel recorded multiple victories. Jess, of Westminster, Mass., held off Hunter Patenaude and Wade Acker to claim Saturday’s 10-13 Stock 380 and 600 Fan finals, then repeated the feat Sunday to make it a four-win weekend. Bandel, of Mohawk, NY, surpassed those numbers with two wins Saturday and four more Sunday, while Abigail Catlin, Mason Pierce and Tucker Olsen also posted final round wins.
Other final round winners over the weekend in Barton include Joe Bishop (Sport 500); Rene Desrochers (Plus 35 Masters); Daryl Nutting (Plus 25 Stock); Mason Pierce (Jr. 8-10 300 Freestyle Sunday); and Sam Potter (Trail 600 Saturday and Sunday).
Rock Maple Racing would like to thank the Orleans County Fair Association for hosting two back-to-back weekends of racing. Also deserving a special thanks are the Desrochers, Lemieux and Patenaude families for their efforts to make conditions more favorable last weekend. In a mild winter like this, adequate snow for racing and dry ground is tough to find.
RMR will conclude the nine-race 2009-10 snocross campaign on March 27-28, at the beautiful Peek N’ Peak ski resort in Findley Lake, New York. For complete results in all classes from Barton or to learn more, go to www.rockmaple.com.
Monday, March 1, 2010
With a little cooperation from the weather, teams will return to Barton again this coming weekend, March 6-7, for the next to last points race of the season.